SITTING DOWN WITH CHARLOTTE S LIN OF SEED CENTER
Born into a family of artists, getting creative was something that was frequently encouraged. After heading to university and working in the real world, teaching became her calling as she volunteered to teach art. Then, in 2016, Charlotte founded Learn More, Live More, LLC (now known as Seeds Center) to encourage personal growth and enrichment and also business practices that do not just put the business first. She wants to do what she believes will make the world a better society. And, though, it seems there has been a progression from one to another, she is and will always be all of these things - Charlotte S. Lin, creator, teacher, and entrepreneur.
On the cooking end, ever since she was a little girl, cooking fascinated her. She’s been making my own dishes since she was 8 years old and still 20 years later, cooking with a passion to experiment. Basing her recipes on all her knowledge of cooking, baking, sauteing, etc that she has gained over those years, she tend to alter recipes with new ingredients or different portions of those ingredients and encourage my students to do the same - finding their own “style” because what is life but an adventure to be nourished.
As the founder of Seeds Center, Charlotte is filled with a passion for improvement and sharing her passions with others. Their Inter-Generational program provides full-length classes at no cost to our “senior” and “junior” students over many weeks with the spirit of experimentation and exploration. As they grow, they are growing their students as well - enriching every individual we can so that they can all make the world a better place inclusively, connected(ly), positively, and with their last but not least cornerstone - open possibility.
When did you realize you wanted to share your passion/skill?
I've always been an over-sharer, so I feel this is a bit of a logical step since I am so bad at containing anything to just myself.
Did you go to school for your craft or teach yourself?
I did go to art school but overall have felt self-taught mainly because I barely would listen to instructions in class and for the style of art I do now, I've never seen anyone else do. I still don't paint properly.
If you could choose a spirit animal what would it be?
I love the personality of gentle giant dogs and would want to emulate them- so maybe a big dog.
What makes you laugh until you cry?
Jokes that are super random.
How do you like to spend your weekend?
Usually teaching or spending time with the people close to my heart.
What’s your favorite city and why?
CHICAGO - my hometown for now, forever - it has everything one could need.
Where do you find inspiration?
I try to find inspiration within myself from the various things I happen to absorb - exercising my imagination from the array of tidbits and try to do things I feel would be unique to me in some way. Most of my ideas have come from seeing things in real life but then working it all out in my mind then adjusting to having a conversation with any of my projects. I think, though, my friends and family have shaped me greatly as a person and having this outlook and I deeply appreciate them for that.
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